Trip Ideas & Itineraries

With so many fun-filled things to do in and around Salt Lake City, choosing any one activity over another can seem challenging. That’s why we created 2- and 3-day itineraries, jam-packed with exciting trip ideas, to make your time in SLC as unforgettable as possible. And if you are looking for even more to round out your stay in Salt Lake you can add the rewarding family vacation, a tender romantic getaway, or a day trip ideas to explore the irresistible beauty and outdoor adventure nearby. These guides will help you plan your perfect trip based on the things you like to do. 

2-3 Day Itineraries

Planning Ideas

If you are looking for ideas without a specific itinerary to follow, then we've got you covered. Check out these outlines of ideas for places to go and things to do based on your interests and travel group. 

Family Vacation

Winter Family Vacation

From laid-back chances to bond with loved ones to adrenaline-producing family adventure, Salt Lake City offers more than enough activities as engaging as they are rewarding.

Your choices vary depending on the time of year you visit. From mid-November to April, enjoy some of the best skiing and snowboarding around at one of our four world-class resort facilities (Alta does not allow snowboarding). Of course, the winter fun doesn’t end there. Take your pick from other winter activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, birding on skis at Alta, and so much more.

Family Vacations for All Seasons

In the warmer months, reconnect with nature on one of our many picturesque hiking and biking trails. Spend a day with the kids enjoying the children’s amusement park and playground at the family-friendly Liberty Park or the children's museum at Discovery Gateway. Or say hello to hundreds of animals at Utah’s Hogle Zoo

Don’t forget a Salt Lake Connect Attractions Pass, which gives you access to 16 of Northern Utah’s most popular attractions, all at huge savings.

Romantic Getaway

Perhaps you’re treating your sweetheart to a surprise Salt Lake City weekend trip or a more extended stay. Either way, sparks will fly during a romantic getaway at five-star rated The Grand Spa in the widely celebrated The Grand America Hotel

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, located downtown, is a wonderful place to keep the romance alive. Not only is the hotel within walking distance of intimate, dimly lit restaurants and lively downtown nightlife—it also offers a romance package that is sure to bring hearts closer together. Romance package or not, make sure to take advantage of the in-room spa services.

Visit Snowbird’s flagship accommodation, the Cliff Lodge for a memorable stay. Enjoy their world-class spa, explore tasty dining options, or simply take in the gorgeous alpine views. 

Day Trips

Head West (or any direction)

When it comes to natural beauty, Utah never fails to impress. Pick any direction and drive outside the city to find extraordinary landscapes, unlike anything you've seen.   

Among the most popular Salt Lake City day trips is Bonneville Salt Flats. A little less than two hours from SLC, visiting the Flats feels like you're on another planet. Covering over 30,000 acres, you'll need to experience this ancient, dried-up salt lake first-hand to fully comprehend its allure. 

Get out in Utah's Spectacular Nature

 You also won’t want to miss the Spiral Jetty, created by artist Robert Smithson in the 1970s. The work of art, located in the Great Salt Lake, is now covered with salt crystals and is most visible when water levels drop below an elevation of 4,198 feet. 

 For more day trips, don't forget the Crystal Hot Springs, the turquoise blue waters of Bear Lake, and the widely celebrated ski resorts nearby like Deer Valley Resort (skiing only) and Park City Mountain.